Roger L. Hardy, Deseret Morning News
Mary, left, and Nada Meeks put the final touches on their holiday window display, "Who Moved My Cheese," at D&B Woods.

PROVO — New as well as returning artists have created six colorful candy displays for the Provo holiday store-window show, said Kathryn Allen, executive director of the Provo Arts Council.

The city will unveil them during the downtown launch of the Christmas season. The theme is "All I want for Christmas."

New artists include Jerri Henderson, who, with returning artist Vicki Gehring, created a school-ground scene with three children missing their front teeth.

Ghering and Henderson used about 20 types of candy at Heindselman's, along with gum, frosting, black licorice, pretzels and coconut. Other artists are Bill and Raelyn Webster; Jean Jeppson Clay; mother and daughter team Mary and Nada Meeks; Starr Stratford and her mother, returning artist Kathleen Peterson; and Mike Evans.

Visitors can go inside each store to vote on their favorite window.

"I see it as a community service," said D&B Woods owner Carl Darrington. "(Nada and Mary Meeks) do it very well."

Their display is based on the book "Who Moved My Cheese?" Their work depicts a mouse covered in coconut, munching on his big block of cheese and a Christmas tree made of hundreds of Tic Tacs. "It's very minty," Nada Meeks said.

The pair started working last February and have used numerous boxes of graham crackers and Triskets, along with icing and food coloring. As of a week ago they had put in 960 hours. The average window takes about 500 hours to create. Each artist does the work as a volunteer although some cost is covered by the sponsor.

"It's pretty cool," said Chris Chamberland, an employee at Dave's Bernina. "They do a really good job. (It takes) many hours. I think it brings people downtown."

Candy Window was started in 2000, prompted by students at Timpview High School. The city caught window fever the next year as it celebrated the 2002 Winter Olympics.

Webster has been with the Candy Window program since the beginning, Allen said.

"Several years ago, the Provo Arts Council, now the Covey Center for the Arts, partnered with the Downtown Provo Alliance and we were able to give cash awards and honorable mentions for the windows," Allen said. "The participating merchants give their artists gift certificates."

Planning meetings for the 2008 windows will begin in January and new artists are welcome.


If you go . . .

What: Candy windows display

Where:

Osaka - 46 W. Center

Heindselman's - 176 W. Center

Mullett-Hoover - 184 W. Center

D & B Woods - 223 W. Center

Dave's Bernina - 268 W. Center

Holladay Furs - 348 W. Center

When: Nov. 26-Dec. 31

Cost: free


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